Since his party regained a majority in the House of Representatives, Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has been among the leaders pushing for a thorough investigation into claims of corruption involving President Joe Biden and members of his immediate family.
This week, the Kentucky Republican issued a request to the National Archives and Records Administration for “unrestricted special access” to specific records dating back to Biden’s terms as vice president during the Obama administration.
Comer’s stated goal is to determine what communications Biden had with business associates of his son, Hunter. Although the requested records were already released following a request by America First Legal, an organization headed by former Trump administration adviser Stephen Miller, they contained redactions that the House Oversight Committee wants to see removed.
The letter requesting these “complete” documents includes a deadline of Sept. 20.
New evidence has emerged that then-Vice President Joe Biden's office colluded with Hunter Biden's business partners.
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Citing evidence that has recently come to light, Comer maintained that Biden’s previous claim that he never spoke to his son about business deals appears to be false.
“Joe Biden never built an ‘absolute wall’ between his family’s business dealings and his official government work — his office doors were wide open to Hunter Biden’s associates,” the congressman said. “There is evidence of collusion in the efforts to spin media stories about Burisma’s corruption while Vice President Biden was publicly pushing an anti-corruption agenda in Ukraine.”
He pointed to multiple conversations that seem to highlight the then-vice president’s direct interest in his son’s foreign entanglements.
“For example, on December 4, 2015, at 10:45 a.m. — in an email with the subject of ‘Quotes’ — Eric Schwerin (a longtime Biden family business associate) wrote to Kate Bedingfield in the Office of the Vice President providing quotes the White House should use in response to media outreach regarding Hunter Biden’s role in Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company,” Comer wrote in his letter.
Comer noted that Bedinfield replied later the same day that the “VP signed off on this,” adding: “The timing of this email traffic is concerning to the Committee.”
He has also requested documents from NARA regarding Biden’s reported use of an alias in certain email correspondences. The agency replied that it will respond to Comer’s request “in accordance” with requirements set forth in the Presidential Records Act.